After his 2013 runner-up finish in Kona, Aussie Luke McKenzie officially entered the spotlight as a 2014 Ironman World Championship title contender. McKenzie is looking to prove his potential further by pulling out a sub-8-hour finish at Sunday’s Challenge Roth. This will be his first time racing in Roth, and the event’s storied history has made this one of his bucket-list races for years. McKenzie talked to us about his plans to be patient until the second-lap of the bike—a feat that will be incredibly hard to stick to with hard chargers like Eneko Llanos and Dirk Bockel giving him an honest run for his money. His secret weapon? The newly debuted Scott Plasma 5, which he gave us a quick rundown about as well.